Wensleydale Railway - Photo Archive

Welcome to the
Wensleydale Railway's
Photo Website and Archive


We have now restarted train services following the Covid lockdown. At the moment due to the amount of work required to be carried out on the rest of the line we are only running from Bedale to Scruton, calling at Leeming Bar. There will be the opportunity to view the award winning restored station at Scruton and the restored Station House at Leeming Bar. There will be costumed volunteers at both locations to talk with and show visitors around. If at all possible (due to Covid) please buy your tickets in advance though the railway’s website - https://wensleydale-railway.co.uk


As most of you will already know (but if not see below) the Wensleydale Railway was given a grant by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore Leeming Bar station and to share its heritage with more people and in new ways. With the station house reopened following the restoration, there are various free events and activities with something to appeal to everyone.
Before that, during March 2021 the Wensleydale Railway presented a number of live Digital Talks via Zoom. These talks were recorded and are now available for everyone to watch on our YouTube Channel here

` The following talks are currently available to watch:-

Leeming Bar Station House - A Return to Glory (By Will Burnham)
Brass, Steel and Fire (A Century of Model Locomotives) (By Anthony Coulls)
The Day the Railway Changed Everything (By Connor Lagus)
The Sierra Leone National Railway Museum (By Steve Davis)

There are also a couple of short videos about Scruton Station in 1910.
Life on the Wensleydale Line: 1910 | Meet Mr. Johnson the Station Master
Life on the Wensleydale Line: 1910 | Meet Mrs. Johnson


Despite the Corona virus epidemic, the Heritage Lottery Funded restoration of Leeming Bar Station House is now complete. A photo gallery showing the restoration of the building by the contractor can be seen here, and a photo gallery showing the subsequent redecoration of the building by our volunteers can be seen here

The grant of £368,000 for the restoration of Leeming Bar Station House was the largest yet awarded to the Wensleydale Railway and represented a significant vote of confidence in its direction of travel. Building work started in early 2020 just as the Covid lockdowns started, although fortunately it did not stop our contractor working on the building. People working in the station were re-housed in temporary buildings adjacent to the Goods Shed. The restoration took around a year to complete and included restoration and redecoration of the station family’s accommodation in 1920’s style. Now that it is complete the public has access to the ticket office, waiting rooms and station family’s lounge and kitchen. It is open on train running days with costumed volunteers in attendance. A wide range of activities with railway themes will be delivered in and from the station house to the public, schools, families and community groups.

The Wensleydale Railway is building a national reputation for the excellence of its restoration work and delivery of heritage programmes. Thanks to the National Lottery players and the Railway's supporters and volunteers, Leeming Bar is becoming a fitting gateway to the Railway and Dales. The Press Release that was issued when we got the Heritage Lottery Fund grant can be seen here.


NEW August 2021 - Shortly before he died, Barry Wetherell passed on to the railway many of his photographs that he had taken over the years. Nearly 2000 photos have been added over the period 2006 to 2013. These are all now under the 'Monthly Photos' menu item.

The Wensleydale Railway is a tourist and heritage line starting at the County town of Northallerton to Redmire on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, passing through the Georgian market town of Bedale and the Dales market town of Leyburn, with constantly changing scenery, from the arable lands of the Vale of Mowbray in the east to hills of the Yorkshire Dales in the west.

The line is a predominantly heritage diesel line, with  steam services operating over selected weekends, special events and the summer months. For further information please see the timetable page for days on which the steam service runs.

This website shows many photos showing all the various aspects of the Wensleydale Railway. There are dedicated pages showing some of the work and events which is going on each month. In addition the various works teams have dedicated pages to allow them to show some of the projects that they have been involved with. There is also a photo search facility to search for particular photographs.

Use the menus above to select various photo galleries.

These photos can all be used by Wensleydale Railway for their own purposes so long as the photographer is credited. For use external to the railway, please contact me first to obtain permission.


We are running an ongoing research programme into the history of the Wensleydale Railway, which runs from Leeming Bar to Redmire. At present we have some information on three of our stations - See the Social History pages. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has a family connection with the railway or can help us piece together its story over the last 150 years. To get in touch, please email admin@wensleydalerailway.com or telephone 01677-425805.


This website is being developed into a photo archive for the Wensleydale Railway. There are now many more photographs than are contained in the above photo galleries. A photo search facility (see above for the link) is now available whereby the whole archive can be searched for photographs meeting your desired criteria.


Wensleydale Railway photos from the 1950s by J.W. Hague from the D.V. Beeken Collection have now been added to this site. The default low resolutions versions of the photos can be seen with a watermark. High resolution versions of these photos (without watermark) are available for personal use for a donation to the WRA(T). Please contact me for further details. Grateful thanks to David Beeken for allowing the use of these photos for the benefit of the Wensleydale Railway.


We now have a guestbook for your comments and suggestions for the website. See the "Home" menu above.


Does anyone have additional photographs that would be suitable for this photo gallery/archive?
If so, then you can either upload them directly to the website via the logon option under the "Home" menu above (please contact me first for a username and password) or you can send them to me (Timothy Edwards) for inclusion on the site at editor@wr-rail-link.co.uk.

Photo gallery instructions:-

Note that the photograph pages all use photo galleries to display the photographs

You may find it better to view the pictures in 'full screen' mode - For most browsers F11 will toggle this on and off

Operation of the photo gallery has been altered so that it now also works with touch screen devices. Hover the mouse over a thumbnail to see the full size picture to the right. If you click or tap on the thumbnail then it will cause the selected picture to stay on the right. Click or tap on the link under the picture will bring up a higher resolution picture

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